Somewhere over the Rainbow – programme now available

The programme for CIG Scotland’s seventh Metadata & Web 2.0 seminar is now available, please see below.

Title: Somewhere over the Rainbow : 0ur metadata online, past, present & future Venue: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Date 5th April 2017


10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Crowdsourcing at the National Library of Scotland / Ines Byrne & Steve Rigden (National Library of Scotland)

Bringing the past to life will unfold as Ines Byrne and Steve Rigden from the National Library of Scotland describe standards and issues in crowdsourcing the transcription of historic handwritten texts

11:10 Can web archiving the Olympics be an international team effort? Running the Rio Olympics and Paralympics project / Helena Byrne (British Library)

Managing metadata from the present will be explored by Helena Byrne from the British Library, as she describes the global co-ordination of metadata required for harvesting websites for the 2016 Olympics, as part of the International Internet Preservation Coalition’s Rio 2016 web archiving project

11:45 Statistical Accounts of Scotland / Vivienne Mayo (EDINA)

Vivienne Mayo from EDINA describes how information from the past has found a new lease of life in the recently re-launched Statistical Accounts of Scotland

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Beyond bibliographic description: emotional metadata on YouTube / Diane Pennington (University of Strathclyde)

Diane Pennington of Strathclyde University will move beyond the bounds of bibliographic description as she discusses her research about emotions shared by music fans online and how they might be used as metadata for new approaches to search and retrieval

13:55 Our 5Rights: digital rights of children and young people / Dev Kornish, Dan Dickson, Bethany Wilson (5Rights Youth Commission)

Young Scot, Scottish Government and 5Rights introduce Scotland’s 5Rights Youth Commission – a diverse group of young people passionate about their digital rights. We will hear from Dev, Dan and Bethany what their ‘5Rights’ mean to them, and how children and young people can be empowered to access technology, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

14:30 Break

14:45 Playing with metadata / Gavin Willshaw and Scott Renton (University of Edinburgh)

Learn about Edinburgh University Library’s metadata games platform, a crowdsourcing initiative which has improved descriptive metadata and become a vital engagement tool both within and beyond the library. Hear how they have developed their games in collaboration with Tiltfactor, a Dartmouth College-based research group which explores game design for social change, and learn what they’re doing with crowd-sourced data. There may even be time for you to set a new high score…

15:20 Managing your digital footprint / Nicola Osborne (EDINA)

Nicola Osborne will give tips on how to manage our digital footprint

16:00 Close

For more information and details on how to register, please go to

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh on Wednesday the 5th of April


Introduction to Cataloguing

Date: Friday April 7th

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

CILIP South West Members Network (SWMN) & CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) invite you to oneBooks day training on cataloguing.
This training is aimed at people who know nothing about cataloguing (or who have forgotten everything they once knew long ago). In a range of activities, you will find out what cataloguing is and why we do it; have a go at doing some basic cataloguing using the current international standard (RDA) and exchange format (MARC21); and leave with some resources you can use to keep up-to-date with your newly-gained cataloguing knowledge.

The trainers are from CILIP’s Cataloguing and Indexing Group. Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at University College London, where she teaches the core module in Cataloguing and optional modules in Advanced Cataloguing and in Historical Bibliography. Her co-authored book Practical Cataloguing (Facet, 2012) is a set text at iSchools nationally and internationally, and her second book, Cataloguing and Decision-Making in a Hybrid Environment is due out from Facet later this year.

Katharine Whaite is currently completing her PhD studies in cataloguing history at University College London, where she has led classes in cataloguing and classification. She has previously worked at BPP University Library (Holborn), and Gray’s Inn Library, where she has also provided legal information training. She has published articles in Catalogue & Index and Information Research.

Sponsored place
CIG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for this event. The sponsorship covers the registration fee, with the bursary holder responsible for their own travel costs.

Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegate to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal.

Please submit your application to the Honorary Secretary Emily Bogie, by 17 March 2017.
To register for this event, and for more details, please go to

For any enquiries regarding this event please contact Christina Carson, Candidate Support Officer, Devon & Cornwall.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RDA in a Day 2017

Card catalogue

Please note that this event is now fully booked. You can still join the waitlist below.

Date: 11/5/17

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Location: CILIP Headquarters, 7 Ridgmount Street, London, WC1E 7AE

The CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) is pleased to announce a repeat of the successful RDA in a Day training course.

RDA in a Day is a practical introduction to cataloguing with RDA: Resource Description and Access. Led by two RDA specialists from the British Library, the course will cover the FRBR model and RDA terminology. This is an interactive, hands-on course in which trainees will learn by using RIMMF and the RDA Toolkit to create RDA records. The day also covers creation of RDA records in MARC 21. Prior cataloguing experience and knowledge of AACR2 and MARC 21 will be an advantage. Places are limited to maintain an excellent trainer/trainee ration so that you get the most out of your day.

Registration – Book here
Closing date for bookings: 21 April 2017
Please note that invoices will not be issued until shortly after the event.

Sponsored place
We are pleased to be able to offer a sponsored place for this event. Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegate to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal.

Please submit your application to Nicky by 10 March 2017.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by 24 March 2017.

When filling in the registration form please provide the following additional information so that the trainers may better tailor the course to the group:

How would you describe your current familiarity with MARC?

  • None
  • Basic
  • Good

How would you describe your current familiarity with RDA?

  • None
  • Basic
  • Good

Cancellation policy
Please note our cancellation policy: once your place is confirmed, we are unable to arrange refunds if you are subsequently unable to attend the event. Should this circumstance arise we are happy for someone else to attend in your place, but please notify us in advance if at all possible.

Catalogue and Index – Call for Papers

The next issue of C&I will focus on the following theme: 186 (March): The future of cataloguing

What do you think the future of cataloguing is shaping up to be? What do you want it to include?  Is MARC dead? How do you view Bibframe? How do you get the best out of your discovery layer? Who will perform cataloguing tasks in your institution, is temping the way forward?

We all have many questions about the future of cataloguing (and perhaps our own jobs), this issue is the opportunity to explore some of these areas.  We welcome papers on all of the topics mentioned, and anything else that falls within the theme.  Papers should be submitted by the end of February.

Please contact the editors (Karen Pierce: and Deborah Lee: if you have any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned.  We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in.  Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images.  Please check our guidance for contributors:


Catalogue and Index Issue 184

The new issue of C&I is now available here.

This issue is themed around research and contains articles on female book collectors of the nineteenth century, compiling a catalogue for the Ladybird books and book collectors at Cambridge University Library. The issue also features a report from the recent CIG 2016 Conference.